Tips On What To Do If Your Dog Has A Cold

Sneezing and runny nose are common when you catch a cold and your beloved pet dog who has 220 million scent cells, though they do not acquire it from humans, can have colds too. Help keep your best friend healthy by knowing facts and information about it before it leads to anything serious. Here you will learn how to prevent it in the first place, spot the signs and determine if your furry pal has a cold, its causes, and the most important part, what to do if your dog has a cold.

Prevention

Before we go on, we know that nobody at home is happy when your pet is sick, so its best to prevent this from happening as much as possible. This can be achieved through proper diet preferably with meat for protein to boost your dog's immune system which will be the best line of defense, along with clean drinking water. Give your pet vitamins and allow activities for exercise.

Signs and Symptoms

These would be similar to what we experience such as runny nose, sneezing, watery eyes, wheezing and coughing. They could have nasal congestion or some nasal discharge and experience difficulty in breathing. They could have mild fever, exhibit loss of appetite and lethargic behavior. You know your pet best so if you notice unusual change in behavior, it might be due to discomfort from a normal cold and you must address it right away so it does not progress to respiratory complications like kennel cough, pneumonia, canine para-influenza or influenza, adenovirus type-2 and distemper.

Causes
The ways a dog catches colds is through cold environment or abrupt weather changes which lowers their immune system, or getting it from other dogs who are infected. It is a general rule to have puppies and senior dogs be checked by a vet because their immune systems are generally weaker than healthy adult dogs. The usual cause of any dog cold symptom is are upper respiratory tract infections, which reside in the trachea, upper bronchi, throat and nose. It may also be an indication of a bacterial, viral or fungal infection. It could also be due to allergies- from chemicals, pollen, dust, or dog nasal mites that can enter their nostrils. It could also be due to a blockage, when something gets stuck in their nostril.

Treatment

Same as the means of preventing it, nutrition and proper diet helps as well in speeding up your companion's recovery. You must keep them hydrated by giving lots of fluids like water and like how much people love when they are sick, have them drink chicken broth. This will provide much needed nutrients and give them strength, and helps thinning nasal secretions. This will also keep them warm along with a nice, comforting blanket and lots of tender, loving care from you which would make both of you feel a lot better. Let them have plenty of rest. Keep your pet dry by letting them stay indoors if possible especially during cold weather. You can run a mist vaporizer or have your pet inhale steam by filling the tub with hot water and staying in the bathroom, just make sure your four legged friend does not have access to it. This will help moisten the bronchial tubes and ease difficult breathing.

There are also herbal treats that are rich in vitamin C to help strengthen his immune system during this time. Some herbs that a dog can take are eucalyptus oil, colloidal silver, elderberry extract, elder flowers, and mullein flowers. However, take note that this requires the expertise of a holistic vet to minimize complications or side effects. A holistic vet can ensure that your furry friend gets the best herbal and natural treatment. With all these tips on what to do if your dog has a cold, you must still pay attention because if after a few days it does not go away or the symptoms become more intense, and if your dog refuses to drink, then it is time for a visit to your dog's vet. A vet will do a thorough physical exam and may perform tests. They would probably prescribe antibiotics and if your dog is dehydrated they can give fluids through IV. They would also best help in determining the cause of an allergy if this is the reason for your dog's colds. Trust your instincts, if your think your pet's condition warrants a check up then go and have him checked by a professional vet.